Houston Festival Update: British Festival, Nutcracker Market & More

Annual British Festival

1 Fluor Daniel Drive
Sugar Land 77478
November 5, 2011 10:00AM-4:00PM

Celebrate all things British at the British festival featuring food, tea, entertainment, cars and more! Traditional afternoon tea will be served as well as an authentic British pub with great food. British food can be purchased including Cadburys chocolate (yum!), baked goods, Christmas crackers, cakes and puddings to list just a few of the many items available. There will be entertainment including Scottish Highland Dancing, Scottish Country Dancing and a Highland Bagpipe band. There will be a raffle and silent auction featuring great prizes and also a British Car Show. Kids activities include face painting and brass rubbing. The annual British Festival is organized by the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE), all proceeds go to Mountbatten House and other local charities. Admission is $5.00 and children under 12 are free.

The Annual Texas Renaissance Festival
On FM 1774, (between Magnolia and Plantersville)
Plantersville, TX
Through November 27, 2011 9:00AM to Dusk

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the Nation’s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance theme park. Open to the public every Saturday, Sunday, and Thanksgiving Friday, October 8th through November 27th, and to students for School Days. The enchanted 55 acre village comes to life as all of Europe comes to pay homage to the King and Queen with Eight Themed Weekends. Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 daily performances. Magicians, jugglers, minstrels, troubadours and comedians perform on six stages. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting over 340 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts of offering delicious foods and beverages. All ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Revel in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and beauty of this authentically recreated 16th Century British village with lush landscaped grounds and vines. A perfect day ends as behold the burst of Royal Fireworks held above the Festival’s lake. Ticket prices vary, please visit the website for more information.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages. For more exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please visit the website.

November 04, 2011 7:30PM – KUHF Silent Film Concerts: The Cameraman
Austin’s Bee vs. Moth performs their original score to this 1928 classic Buster Keaton film on the Anheuser-Busch Stage. Here the great stone-face plays a young man who tries to impress a girl by becoming a newsreel cameraman. Of course, nothing goes right. He forgets to load the camera or he does it wrong or he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. In short, everything gets screwed up, and nobody screws everything up more entertainingly than the great Keaton. Brass-laden Bee Vs. Moth’s “multiple-genre, weirdo instrumental is just right for this anarchic laugh riot.

November 05, 2011 7:30PM – Screen on the Green: Toy Story3 (2010, 103 min.G)
Scary adventures in a day care center as Andy in Pixar’s classic film comes to life on the Anheuser-Busch Stage.

November 09, 2011 Burgers and Blues – Every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00PM
Enjoy Houston’s best in blues music with a free lunchtime concert on the Anheuser-Busch Stage. Entertaining this week is the “The DelGrosso / Del Toro Richardson Band”.

Saturdays & Sundays – Kayak Boat Rides on Kinder Lake
Experience something that will have you and your friends talking all summer! Enjoy a guided kayak ride on Kinder Lake in the shadow of Houston’s dramatic skyline. It can be very relaxing, peaceful, and serene, while awakening your awareness of nature. Each ride will consist of two laps around Kinder lake to learn about paddling and enjoy all the beautiful fish swimming in the lake.Cost is $5 per person (kayak accomodates 2 people and 1 guide).


Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the website for matinee performance shows and schedules.

November 05, 2011 7:30-9:30PM – Sing-A-Long Movies at Miller: Grease
Grease is the word! Sing along to the tunes you love in this entertaining film musical homage to the age of Rock ‘n Roll featuring Olivia Newton John, John Travolta, Stockard Channing and many more.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565
Open at 10:30AM daily and admission is always free!

November 4-6, 2011 – Salute to Military Service
Military discounts wil be offered all weekend with 50% Off all-day all-rides passes, The Beast and Stingray Reef rides, 25% Off Retail and special rates offered at the Boarwalk Inn Hotel. On display throughout the weekend: U.S. Army Apache & Blackhawk Helicopters; U.S. Army Up-Armor Humvee; U.S. Army Interactive Recruitment Trailer; U.S. Army Mobile Field Mechanics System; U.S. Navy Seal Interceptor; and the American Legion Post 554 Freedom Riders. Enjoy live enteratinment by the Dean Seltzer Band on Friday, Darryl Worley on Saturday and Junior Gordon on Sunday. Highlights for Saturday include: Houston Texans Cheerleaders meet & greet; U.S. Coast Guard Air to Sea Rescue; SSG Tracy Labrecque; U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights (Landing in the Plaza!); ending with a fantastic Star Spangled Sky fireworks display at 10PM

November 5, 2011 Noon to 4:00PM – Beer Fest
From Pale Ales to Stouts, the Kemah Boardwalk and 24 Breweries invite you to spend the day enjoying some ice cold beverages! $35 per person / wristband includes: ($25 per person with Military I.D.) 16 tasting tickets 4 tickets per 12oz. sample, 1 ticket per 3oz. sample; Over 72 beers to sample; Samuel Adams commemorative glass (while supplies last); Giveaways from all beer vendors (while supplies last); Beer Fest booklet/guide & golf pencil; Holmes Smokehouse Bratwurst Samples; (Additional sample tickets may be purchased for $1 each). Don’t miss the live concert featuring Darryl Worley at 7:30PM in the Plaza.

On Galveston Island 
Locations listed below
Galveston, TX
For many more exciting events on Galveston Island, please visit the website.


November 03-06, 2011 – 10th Annual Lone Star Motorcycle Rally
The Historical Strand will be alive with new bands, new events, and Joie de Vivre Mardi-Gras style biker promenade. Voted one of the best events in the nation for motorcycle enthusiasts, this four day event boasts a beautiful venue, great crowds and fun for the entire family. The Lone Star Rally will host the top named motorcycle manufacturers, vendors with unique shopping and non-stop music on two stages. Featured performers include: Fuel, Marshall Tucker, Buckcherry, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds Live! Meet Sons Of Anarchy Stars Ryan Hurst “Opie” & Tommy Flanagan “Chibs” at The Rally. Geico Insurance will give away a Harley-Davidson Fatboy! Admssion is Free. Please visithttp://www.lonestarrally.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/#!/LoneStarRally for more details on this huge event.

The 31st Annual Nutcracker Market
Reliant Center
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
November 10-13, 2011 *Volunteer oppportunities available

Featured at this year’s Market are over 323 national and international merchants carefully selected for their unique offerings including many new merchants selling gifts for the entire family home decor, gourmet food, garden, clothing, sporting gifts, novelties, accessories and more.